Instead of scarry Kathie Lee, here was this bubbly goofball talking about all the intimate, messy aspects of pregnancy. I felt like clicking my heels when she talked about her swelling bossom. I loved seeing that big belly teeter totter across the screen. And I loved it when she tried to gross Regis out. It wasn't hard. All she had to do was say the word "lactation."
I *loved* that she said the word "lactation."
Anyway, that was about five years ago. Now, Kelly is the recipient of such honors as "best arms" (says readers of InTouch). Instead of pleasantly goofy and quirky, she more often comes off as just plain fried. I don't know what's in her cornflakes, but sometimes her head looks like a shiny styrofoam ball that is about to explode. I know that sounds harsh. But I am tempted to attribute Kelly's changes in appearance (a dwindling, "virtual" body) and performance (a less nuanced sense of comedic timing, jokes that are just less funny) to hours logged in front of the camera. Never mind that she was the pioneer "yummy mommy" -- a trend that warrants a future post all to itself. The things is, I'm sad that what initially seemed real and "Live" (Kelly herself) seems increasingely drained and pulseless. I'm not sure why this happens (I have some ideas), but I wish it didn't. It's like the longer women are in front of the camera the more colorless they get -- bleached out and mystic-tan orange. What is going on here? Why doesn't this happen to men ? (Ryan Seacrest excluded)
Could it be the life in the spotlight is dramatically different if you're a woman?This isn't to say there aren't plenty of interesting, talented women on TV or interesting, provocative representations of women on TV. But daytime / morning talk is pretty much a wasteland these days.
Except for Oprah, of course. We heart her. Especially when she gives shit away!
But isn't it mostly women who watch these shows? Are skinny chemincally altered women really what people want to see?
And I don't care how many bookclubs you have, if you're starving yourself to be camera-friendly, you're sending a pretty potent message to your viewers. Some might say it's a female celebrity's job to be skinny, and to that I simply ask: why?
Anyway, here's a clip of Ripa at her finest: